An intermediate/advanced course for experienced users
This course assumes you have already been color correcting with a previous version of Resolve and want to see what the new version 17 has to offer. If you haven’t previously used Resolve, check out our Resolve 17 Fundamentals and Intermediate Resolve 17 courses.
Footage provided with the course
You can follow the classes using the same techniques on the same footage as Warren uses. It is a mixture of footage, including Arri Alexa, Blackmagic URSA Mini, RED R3D, plus DJI Drone and problem clips.
Why take this course?
Warren explains the new features and shows why you do something not just how to do something. It is easy to continue with your current workflow and this includes using an older version of Resolve. This course will show how to save your projects and databases before upgrading. I’ll explain the new features and how best to use them. Warren’s aim is to give you a very rounded view of not only the new version 17 software release and how he uses it, but also grading in general.
CLASS 1: INTRODUCTION – BACKUP AND UPDATE
- Exporting projects and backing up your old database.
- Upgrading to version 17 software.
- Checking your older projects in V17.
- Importing an older database.
- The new Resolve preferences.
- DaVinci YRGB Color Management presets or manual options.
- DaVinci Wide Gamut preset explained.
- Copying of grades while Color Managed is much easier.
- The 9-up scope display explained.
- Display qualifier focus on the scopes.
CLASS 2: THE NEW HDR TOOL
- Color space aware so images look good straight away.
- The Global color wheel is the go to tool.
- Zones explained on the grey scale ramp.
- Customizing your zones.
- Using the Power Bins to keep your favorite clips, etc.
- Showing x2 color spaces on the CIE scopes.
CLASS 3: COLOR WARPER & MAGIC MASK
- Balance with HDR first.
- Very soft roll off when you make changes, with better transforms for all cameras.
- Pinning points to change just a particular saturation or luminance value.
- The different Mesh views explained.
- Magic Mask for auto drawing and tracking a human figure.
CLASS 4: UPDATES THAT WILL SPEED UP YOUR WORKFLOW
- New framing presets in the Cut Page including 4×4 and 9×16.
- Sorting and disabling your timelines.
- Creating your own Media Pool list view.
- The new version 17 Inspector explained.
- Editable metadata fields in the Media page.
- Raw controls in the Media Pool pre edit.
- Proxy media generator.
- Zoom control retains fixed blanking.
- Smart reframe.
- New text font and Fusion title preview.
- Render in place, great for heavy OFX clips that slow your machine.
- The much-improved proxy media workflow.
- Double click a numeric box and change with your keyboard.
- Exporting and importing a DaVinci Resolve timeline as a .drt.
CLASS 5: OFX & MORE COOL FEATURES
- NCLC QuickTime tags explained.
- Why things look different on different devices and displays.
- Scene cut detector working in the Edit Page.
- Optical Flow and the Speed Warp for smooth slow motion.
- OFX Contrast Pop and Warper. Filmworkz DVO tools.
- OFX Warper.
- OFX Match Move for sky replacements.
- Use Fast Review in the Edit Page for quicker reviews.
CLASS 6: ADVANCED PANEL KEYCAP UPGRADE
- How to install your new V17 keycaps.
- The major changes and how they will help you.
- The new wipe options. Faster navigation and less right clicking.
- Take the checkerboard challenge.
VERSION 17.4 UPDATE
- UI changes.
- Resolve color management.
- 3D keyer.
- Tracking forward/backward.
- New plugins.
- Edit page changes.
About Warren Eagles
Warren has been grading for 30 years. He started in photography before moving into London’s film cutting rooms and settling into the role of Colorist. Warren has extensive experience in all forms of grading, from Super 8 music videos to feature films. A Resolve user since 2005, he is proficient in both the software and what can be achieved creatively with it. Warren has his own DaVinci Resolve grading facility in Australia and spends his time grading or teaching International Colorist Academy classes.